Musical Theatre – More Than Meets the Eye
For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by music. My mom was always singing and dancing around the house, and I spent my weekends with a barbershop singer who was eager to teach me everything he knew. I really did grow to enjoy singing, and if I’m being honest, about 90% of my free time in high school was spent wandering around the Fine Arts Building. My senior year, I decided I wanted to expand my horizons a bit and I took a theatre tech class. I got to help build and manage sets for the various productions that the theatre department put on. Later that year, I had the opportunity to go see the Broadway production of The Lion King, one of my all-time favorite Disney movies as a kid. That was the night I fell in love with musical theatre. Since I was currently involved in the theatre tech class, I was able to appreciate the show from so many different angles. I was fascinated not only by the singing and the orchestra, but also by the costumes, lighting, sets, choreography, the acting, and pretty much everything else about it. I have become obsessed with so many Broadway musicals since then and I’m over the moon whenever I get to see a live show.
Musical theatre isn’t just about the music and the acting. It’s the concept of collaboration of all the skill and effort put towards every single show. It is amazing. It’s a full production team giving their best effort to make each show come to life multiple times a day. The next time you are watching a musical production, pay attention to every single little detail, because it will blow your mind.